The following resolution appears in this week’s Medford Transcript under Letters to the Editor.
To the editor:
Whereas Ward 4 of Medford encompasses the neighborhood known as Medford Hillside; and
Whereas the Green Line extension is proposed to go to through our neighborhood; and
Whereas the state has a legal obligation to our community as a part of mitigation related to the Big Dig to conform with the Clean Air Act; and
Whereas thousands of our neighbors have come out in support of the extension to Route 16 because it gives many more residents access to the extension; and
Whereas the Route 16 stop will provide access to the bike and pedestrian paths being developed along the Alewife Brook and Mystic River; and
Whereas the plans presented by the EOT have shown no homes will be taken as a part of this project; and
Whereas the Green Line extension will enable our community to have better access to jobs and recreational activities in the region; and
Whereas investments in public transportation creates jobs, which is particularly important in this difficult economy; and
Whereas current bus service is inadequate to meet the needs of our neighborhood; and
Whereas record numbers of new riders are accessing the MBTA; and
Whereas combating global climate change requires we give many more opportunities for people to get out of their cars and access public transportation;
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Medford Ward 4 Democratic Committee supports the Green Line Extension, and we applaud the proposed terminus at Route 16; and
Be it further resolved, that we believe mitigation, including but not limited to sound and vibration barriers, can and must be thorough to protect the integrity and quality of life of our neighborhood; and
Be it further resolved, that the city of Medford should develop a rational and consistent parking enforcement system.
The Medford Ward 4 Democratic Committee unanimously approved this resolution.
Ward 4 Democratic Committee